Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Moving Forward

Kipling Elementary School is a Chicago Public School educating students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

2017-2018 Welcome Letter and School Supply List

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to 5th grade! I am Mrs. Rebecca Gonzalez and I will be your student’s math and science teacher during this exciting year. I look forward to getting to know you and your child and helping EVERY student reach their highest potential, which in turn will guide them in their future endeavors. This year will be a time full of new and challenging learning experiences for your child.


I am a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. This is my 6th year as a teacher at Kipling and I look forward to another positive year with a quality education. I believe as an educator that my job is to enhance the quality of your child’s life through education. Having said this I am very excited to be here at Kipling and look forward to working with your student and furthering them down their educational path.  My teaching will be based on three basic components: setting high academic expectations that include interactive learning experiences for each student, creating a routine of responsibility and respect to form a collaborative classroom, and the involvement of parents and guardians in their child’s education to show a positive relationship between home and school.

This year our classroom theme will be “The Road to Responsibility”. It is essential that your child takes on great responsibility and is open to learning not only to be successful this year but also to prepare them for 6th grade and the new common core standards. (For more information visit To become responsible our classroom will also focus on respect. Respect is something that will be taking very seriously in the 5th grade. Not only will our class learn to respect themselves but they will also learn to respect others.

Fifth grade can be a big transition for many students and my goal is to do my best to be supportive of your child throughout the year along with your assistance. A positive parent-teacher relationship will be key. I will be contacting you often to inform you of your student’s progress and for volunteer opportunities on field trips. I also want you to know that I am always willing to meet or speak with you in regards to your child’s progress and responsibilities as a fifth grader. I am available by email or the school phone to set up an appointment. My email is and the school phone number is (773) 535-3151.

Within in the first week of school I will be sending home a family survey so I can get to know your student and your family and my business card that will share my contact information so you will always have it handy.


School Supplies 2017-2018

5th  & 6th Grade Team

  • Headphones MANDATORY

  • 1 accordion folder

  • 2 folders

  • Student Friendly Agenda

  • 6 Composition Notebooks (no spiral notebooks)

  • Poster Board (keep at home until needed)

  • 2 Package of Pens

  • 1 Package of Red Pens

  • 4 Packages of sharpened pencils

    • Students should keep 3 packages at home until needed.

  • A pencil sharpener in a plastic sealable bag.

  • 4 packs of loose leaf wide-ruled paper

    • Students should keep 2 packs at home until needed. Students should keep paper in a folder or binder.

  • 2 glue sticks (no liquid glue)

  • Markers and colored pencils

  • 1 Calculator (not required)

  • 3 boxes of tissue

  • 3 bottles of hand sanitizer (no soap)

  • 3 rolls of paper towels

  • 2 reams of copy paper

  • Clorox or Lysol wipes

Bolded items are used for the entire class and will be collected by the teacher. Students will be expected to have 3 sharpened pencils and 3 pens on them at all times.